- William Pencak
Deane, Samuel (10 July 1733–12 November 1814), writer and Congregational minister, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, son of Samuel Deane, a deacon, and Rachel Dwight. His father was a blacksmith and tavern keeper, who in 1745 moved the family to Norton, where he opened a public house. Samuel graduated from Harvard College in 1760 at the advanced age of twenty-seven. Although an excellent scholar, a lover of the classics, and a poet of some ability, he was temporarily expelled in his junior year for “prevaricating with his tutor.” This misfortune did not prevent him from serving as college librarian for a year and tutor for three years after he graduated. He contributed substantially from his small salary to replace books and instruments lost in the college fire of 1764....